September 9, 2010

No. 9 Bulldogs Bound for Boston

Yale to Open Season at MIT

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The No. 9 Bulldogs will kick off the season on the lovely Charles River this weekend at the Antonia Schuman Trophy on Saturday and the Toni Deutsch Trophy on Sunday, both hosted by MIT.  It will be a great way to start the season off and allow the Bulldogs to see where they stand.

Last year the Bulldogs finished sixth at the Antonia Schuman Trophy, named for the first woman to receive a varsity letter at MIT. In A division, Rebecca Jackson '10 and senior Elizabeth Brim finished seventh while junior Genoa Warner and sophomore Heather May finished fifth in B division.

The Bulldogs will face tough competition, despite the fact that the event is promotional and will not count towards the rankings as intersectional competitions do. No. 1 Boston College, No. 2 Brown, No. 6 Harvard and No. 7 Tufts will all take to the water to sail against the Bulldogs. These rankings are simply pre-season projections and the Bulldogs hope to prove on the water that they deserve to be ranked higher.

This weekend will be a great way for the Bulldogs to get their feet wet as the competition will certainly be difficult but it will not have the depth of the intersectional competitions where the Bulldogs must face out-of-region teams such as Old Dominion and the College of Charleston.

Sailing will take place in MIT's FJs on one of the most famous rivers in college sailing. While the river is the bane of many, all of the sailors the Bulldogs will be sending have had numerous regattas on the unpredictable waterway. May and sophomore Claire Dennis will be sailing in A division, while Warner and junior Stephanie Schuyler will be sailing in B division.

A new era will begin for the Bulldogs this weekend, with none of the sailors having been on the national championship team of 2009. Racing will start at 9:30 a.m.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity